March 7, 2009

ready for spring

I am SO ready for spring! I noticed our grass is starting to turn the faintest shade of green and our tulips are peeking out of the soil too. I love this time of year in Colorado. It won't be too long before the trees start to bloom. I thought I'd capture some spring in my card today by using Branching Out and Branching Out Coordinates again. I just can't get enough of these cute sets! I watercolored the branch, leaves and flowers about a week ago when I was first finding ideas for this set, but I never used the image. So when I saw this week's Limited Supplies Challenge over at SplitcoastStampers, I thought this abandoned branch would save me! This week, the challenge is to make a card in under 30 minutes. Now I don't know about you, but most of my cards take more than 30 minutes to make and often leave a huge pile of unwanted scraps and mistakes along the way. But today... today I completed this card under 30 minutes - yay me! Since I had my main image stamped and colored already, that saved me major time and then I found Sketch Challenge 215 (also at SplitcoastStampers), which saved me more time trying to figure out a card layout. I had time to add the mini Twinkle dots to the flowers and run some cardstock through the Cuttlebug with embossing folders, and here you have it. My 30-minute card.

Don't forget to hop on over to Taylor's blog to check out today's Birthday Party specials. She's giving away fun treats all weekend. You can also pick up Branching Out and Branching Out Coordinates in a fun bundle from Taylored Expressions through Sunday.


recipe -
stamps: branching out, branching out coordinates (taylored expressions - leave a lasting impression)
ink: basic brown
paper: choice bright white (taylored expressions), chocolate chip, razzleberry medium (taylored expressions easter key ingredients kit), tiny dancer patterned paper (my minds eye - from taylored expressions easter key ingredients kit)
accessories: watercolor wonder crayons (pretty in pink, regal rose, close to cocoa, creamy caramel, certainly celery, always artichoke), small watercolor brush, standard tag shapabilities (spellbinders), pink grosgrain ribbon, 1/8" circle punch, small/large oval punch, mini twinkle dots (a.muse), d'vine swirls & birds and swirls embossing folders, stampin' dimensionals


  1. Well it's not spring in Westcliffe, CO! Haha! We had a little bit of snow this morning and it is cold here! Yuck! I was hoping that after last week spring was here but I guess they were high hopes because they got shot down! :) I absolutely LOVE this card! I am purchasing this set today and I am so excited to get it! Congratulations on joining the team! You are showcasing Taylor's stamps beautifully! :D


  2. What a lovely card:)

  3. Karen this turned out truley lovely! I love the new branching out sets from TE as well. Mmmm maybe my mom can ship it to me.

  4. Oh Karen, this card screams Spring to me! I could really use Spring about now...we had more fresh snow this morning....ugh! LOL!

    Fabulous card!

  5. this is SO pretty, Karen! love the 2 cb folders with this spring branch

  6. Oh so fun and's snowing like mad here right now, I so wish it was spring!!

  7. Beautiful! Love the purple and your tag! Awesome spring card!